MA in Special Education Needs and Inclusive Education

Manchester Metropolitan University

Program Description

MA in Special Education Needs and Inclusive Education

Manchester Metropolitan University


This award provides the opportunity to engage with theoretical perspectives and research in the field of inclusion and disability, both nationally and globally. The programme is relevant to both UK and *international applicants and starts from the premise that terms, such as inclusion, disability and special needs are contestable.

You are encouraged to critically engage in those social, political and global debates relating to the education of marginalised groups of children and young people.

The question of how can education promote greater equity in an increasingly diverse society is central to the award. In this way, the MA provides outstanding professional development for those working in education, enabling them to deepen their understanding of how to develop a more inclusive practice within their own professional setting or country context.

Sessions are led by highly qualified tutors from the Faculty's Education and Social Research Institute who have relevant expertise and professional experience.

*We welcome applications from non-EU internationals for the full-time route and students are supported at every stage by MMU International.

Features and benefits of the course

  • Linked to world-leading research at the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
  • Tutors are engaged in research and knowledge exchange activities and have published a number of books relevant to our courses
  • Accreditation of prior learning is available for recent and relevant Masters credits
  • Students can attend a range of events across the Faculty, including our annual SENCo conference
  • Our virtual learning environment, Moodle, provides each unit with its own website with all the essential learning materials plus a wealth of additional resources you can access from home.
  • You are encouraged to expand your network in the academic community, present at local conferences and to look to publish your own work

Course details

In term one, you take two core units. The unit 'Introduction to Educational and Social Research Design' is interconnected with the other full-time Master's awards in the Postgraduate Research in Education, Community and Society programme and enables, from the outset, a consideration of the ways in which knowledge is generated in the field of inclusive education and disability.

The second core unit 'Understanding Inclusive Education' provides opportunities for students to reflect on their understandings of disability and special educational needs and to consider alternative approaches in the context of recent research on inclusion and diversity in education.

In term two, you are able to choose two options from the selection below:

  • Collaborative Research Project
  • Globalisation, Social Justice and Social Change
  • Identity, Equality and Empowerment in Childhood
  • Independent Study
  • Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability and Special Educational Needs
  • Practice-Based Project
  • Transformative and Ethical Leadership in Educational Settings

Taught units offered, develop your ability to critically engage with published research and to develop your own research skills in support of your fields of interest. The option unit, Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability and Special Educational Needs examines issues of exclusion and marginalisation, disability and difference, race and culture. Here, there is a focus is on critical issues for equity and diversity rather than on particular categories of need. Drawing from such fields as critical pedagogy, disability studies and multicultural education, the unit explores critical theory and research and examines a range of alternative approaches to promoting social justice in education.

Every student undertakes a (60 credit) dissertation, allowing in-depth and extended study in an area of interest and relevance.

Throughout the award, you are encouraged to pursue their own areas of interest using analysis, reflection and evaluation. Interconnecting themes across the option units (for example, promoting equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and developing an understanding of social justice) allow you to choose units that reflect your own academic interests and connect with your particular professional context whilst still retaining academic relevance with the award.

Entry requirements

Standard MMU admission requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply: applicants need to have an honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Language requirements

International applicants need to demonstrate English Language requirements at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
8,500 GBP
UK and EU students: Full-time: £8,500 per year. Part-time: £2,125 per 30 credits studied per year. Non-EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year. Part-time fee: £2,417 per 30 credits studied per year.
United Kingdom - Manchester, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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